Pediatrics Residency

Didactic Conferences

  • UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital are equipped with teleconferencing facilities that are offered on both campuses, providing residents with greater access to the educational conferences listed below. Lectures are recorded and also available to residents via live streaming at any time and on their personal surface pros provided by the children's hospital at the start of residency. Since the pandemic we have been using zoom with greater frequency, therefore trainees have the option to do that or else attend in person if they are on-site.
  • Noon lectures are offered daily and cover the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications in an 18-month cycle so that residents will cover the entire curriculum twice during their three years of residency. Noon lectures encompass both specialty as well as general and preventive pediatrics topics. The latter is based on Bright Futures guidelines. In addition, we have an advocacy session scheduled every other month. This is facilitated by our advocacy resident champions under the guidance of the community and societal pediatrics division.
  • Morning report happens twice-weekly (morning report discussion is resident-led and attended by faculty)
  • Grand rounds are offered weekly, all PGY 3 residents present grand rounds as a required component of their scholarly activity
  • Evidenced-based medicine (EBM) or journal club occurs monthly and is mentored by faculty with both interns and residents participating, thus ensuring longitudinal EBM exposure
  • Board review sessions are also arranged throughout the year. These are taught by faculty and coordinated by a senior resident with dedicated faculty supervision.
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality conferences - presented by residents and led by pediatric critical care faculty
  • Combined pediatric critical care - emergency medicine conferences are also held periodically to discuss a case from initial presentation through management in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Other didactics include perinatology conferences for those working at UF Health Jacksonville. In addition, quarterly quality improvement (QI) and scholarship meetings are held as part of the curriculum to provide didactics and review basic concepts related to QI and scholarship, such as working through a PDSA cycle, navigating the IRB and reviewing and providing guidance for ongoing projects. These are taught by designated faculty members with expertise in these areas.
  • We also have a dedicated quarterly ethics noon conference lecture/discussion series taught by the children's hospital bioethicist. The curriculum is based on the AAP Section/Committee on Bioethics guidelines.
  • We also added lectures on the business of medicine given by the same faculty responsible for the Medical Economics elective. These were incorporated based on alumni feedback.

The success of our curriculum can be gauged by the fact that our graduates have successfully passed the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certifying examination for the past several years. We had a 95% board pass rate from 2018-2020 based on the most updated statistics from the ABP. This is the highest of all the listed programs in Florida.

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a major change in the way we conducted our conferences routinely. We resorted to doing all our noon conferences and board review sessions via Zoom. All didactics continued as per the norm during this entire time with minimal disruption, with the exception of morning report and grand rounds which were canceled temporarily. We also added weekly case-based discussions led by our developmental pediatrician that often focused on problems seen in the primary care clinic. Narrative Medicine was a new offering during the pandemic as well. All conferences were well attended by our trainees who expressed satisfaction with the format, ease of two way communication, and the convenience of being able to 'attend' virtually and maintain appropriate social distancing.

Other resources offered to residents in lieu of their longitudinal out-patient experiences which were temporarily suspended, included Hopkins modules as well as selected readings. One-on-one virtual case-based discussions with faculty on other rotations were also offered.

Our critical care faculty were also able to conduct multiple 2-day in-depth simulation sessions focusing on resuscitation skills and mock codes at the simulation center.

At the present time we have resumed all noon conferences and morning report which can be attended in person or via zoom. Grand Rounds remain via zoom only for the foreseeable future.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Patient safety, delivering bad news, neonatal resuscitation and emergency department procedural simulation trainings
  • Monthly case based simulation supervised by pediatric hospitalists
  • Mock code simulations supervised by critical care faculty

Leadership Development Program

We offer free leadership training opportunities to all UF residents and fellows. Residents have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, an online learning center with thousands of on-demand courses. There are many courses relevant to leadership, personal and professional development. There are no limitations to the number of courses a resident can do throughout his/her training. Courses can be done whenever it is convenient for residents, including on the admin rotation. Residents who would like a more structured leadership program may have access to our newest program, TalentTracks. Participants will be expected to complete an online learning activity each month, with an average of 1-2 hours commitment. This longitudinal program runs throughout the year and is perfect for the resident who is interested in a career in academic medicine.

Scholarship Initiatives Available Through Community Advocacy or Clinical Outcomes-Based Quality Improvement Initiatives

The majority of our residents participate in either a community advocacy or a clinical outcomes-based quality improvement project. IRB approved scholarship projects are also possible. These consist mostly of case series, survey studies and retrospective chart reviews. Local, regional and national opportunities are available to residents through both the community advocacy initiative and the clinical outcomes experiences. The Office of Educational Affairs also provides opportunities for residents to participate in an advanced quality improvement and patient safety certificate program to further enhance their skills in these areas.

The program provides support in terms of conference leave as well as educational stipends for residents to enable them to present their scholarly projects at local, regional and national meetings. Over the past 5 years, our residents have presented at meetings such as:

  • AAP Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology
  • AAP National Conference and Exhibition
  • Academic Pediatric Association (APA)
  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
  • AMA Research Symposium
  • American Society for Sports Medicine
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors
  • CDC National Immunization Conference
  • CHOP Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease
  • Duval County Medical Society
  • Florida Chapter of the AAP
  • International Breastfeeding Conference
  • Pediatric Academic Societies
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference
  • Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium
  • Southern Society for Pediatric Research (SSPR)
  • Vermont Oxford Network

Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research (CSESaR)

Residents are exposed to common pediatric procedures through our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Residents perform procedures under the instruction and supervision of both pediatric and emergency medicine physicians and participate in simulated learning experiences.


Rotations unique to our program include:

  • Care of the Medically Complex Child
    The Bower Lyman Center for Medically Complex Children provides primary care services to children with chronic or complex medical diagnoses involving multiple organ systems or who require life-sustaining technology. The resident will see children from infancy to young adulthood for both routine and sick visits, work with an interdisciplinary team of medical providers, nurse care coordinators, and social workers to provide comprehensive care to children and their families, and learn about the outpatient and community resources available to these families.
  • JaxHATS
    Residents will spend time with the Jacksonville Health and Transition Services (JaxHATS) Program to learn about the care of youth and young adults with special health care needs (YYASHCN) as they move from pediatric to adult based care. JaxHATS is a primary care medical home for youth ages 13 to 23 years of age, which focuses on both their medical and non-medical needs, including but not limited to social, personal, environmental, economic and educational needs. Residents will learn about innovative community collaborations and also spend time with the Program for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PAIDD).
  • Medical Economics
    This two-week elective focuses on teaching residents about the business side of medicine. Residents learn about contract negotiation, medical malpractice, how to set up an office practice and personnel management among other things. Residents are also required to develop a business and strategic management plan for their organization by the end of the block.

Learn more about our residency program's clinical rotations for each year: